THE MUSIC scene is one of the most outstanding features of life in Tunbridge Wells, with a range of theatres, halls and other venues that play the best of the world’s music, promote original artists and support local talent.
In a programme bringing all of this together, at The Forum tomorrow (October 6) is blues, rock and soul-influenced artist Ben Poole, making a stop in his UK tour and providing the opportunity for local group Half Moon Panic to play support to an international star.
Meanwhile, Paul Dunton, the town’s promoter of local music, appears at Trinity Theatre this Friday (October 7), in a collaborative concert between his Paul Dunton Orchestra and singer-songwriter Marie White, whose work he has championed.
On the same night, the Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club (Masonic Centre, St John’s Road) keeps the outside musical and historical influences flowing into town, with a booking of London-based Doolally Tap, a group infused with the spirit of 1920s New Orleans jazz. Tickets from Ticketsource.co.uk
Comedy fans are treated to a turn this week by Sarah Millican, whose star quality was recognised a decade ago when she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
She is expected to pack out the Assembly Hall Theatre for two nights this Friday and Saturday (October 7-8).
For those who prefer their ‘going out’ to be more outdoorsy, the Friends of Grosvenor & Hilbert Park celebrate Apple Day this Saturday (October 8). The event starts at the Hilbert Gates/Oast House where there will be apple pressing and crafts for children. Stalls on the day include cake-sellers, the Woodland Trust and Nature Makers.